Sunday, October 30, 2011

Your NaNoWriMo Prep Kit

Tuesday marks November 1st, which means the beginning of the 12th annual National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). The project began in July 1999 and challenges writers to create a 50,000 word script in 30 days. Last year, over 200,000 participants took up the challenge. You have all of November to write, but you need to prep in the meantime. Here are some resources to help:

1) Read Chris Baty's No Plot? No Problem!: A Low-Stress, High-Velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days. Go ahead and take Baty's helpful tips - he founded the project in the Bay Area in '99.

2) Browse Rochelle Melander's Write-A-Thom: Write Your Book in 26 Days (And Live to Tell ABout It). She's no Chris Baty, but she knows what she's talking about.

3) Listen to Baty talk about his original idea for NaNoWriMo at NPR. He speaks with John Ydstie about his project when it was entering its fourth year.

4) Look up your local community of writers and fellow NaNoWriMo-ers for motivation. Chicagoans, check out your hub here.

5) Read about NaNoWriMo success stories! Like this one.

6) Remember to take care of your brain and creative process! This means napping.

Writers - good luck!

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